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Sundance Amber Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Sundance Amber AleSundance Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%


Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-12-2003)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-influenced orange with a slight reddish blush. The cap is on the large side, persists for a bit and eventually results in sheet-like lace several inches above its receding surface. The nose is an equal mix of caramel malt and citric-spicy hops. Not bad, not bad at all.

The beer is a bit of a letdown on the palate. My first impressions are: mild flavor, metallic notes, thin mouthfeel. Despite the decently robust nose, the malt structure is on the wimpy side. The hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) should be outstanding, but are barely noticed. They provide a little flavor and a smidgen of bitterness, but that's about it. The metallic flavor fades after the first few mouthfuls, as it so often does.

Sundance Amber isn't bad beer, but it certainly isn't good beer either. More malt and more hops (the basics, basically) would be a good starting point to pull this beer up to the ranks of respectability in the American Amber/Red Ale category.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 16:05:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a firm head that persists nicely and delivers a smattering of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a hint of caramel

Taste: Lots of biscuity caramel up front, with a modest metallic, but spicy, hop element that emerges by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt bill takes over and provides a rather sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really for those who prefer a malty amber, this beer is easy to consume but not particularly memorable

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 04:35:58 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an average beer for an average style. Decent red color and mild bready, malty flavor. The body falls a little light, which makes the beer thin and tasting a little metalic (may be hop related). Leaves a less-than-clean maltiness on the toung. The hops are quite assertive; though I like it, this throws the beer a bit more out of style. Good to chase down a meal, or quaff down in a pinch, but not one to seek out or make a big deal about.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 17:53:24 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear light amber to copper color with a thinner white head but I nice sheet of lace was left behind as it settled.Lightly roasted malt and juicy fruit in the nose not much hop profile but this is a more traditional malt drived amber ale here,malt driven is the key here light carmale sweentess and some buttery toffee-like flavors overtop of a light roastedness with not much of a hop profile to speak of but for what it is its pretty darn good.A lighter quaffing amber better than alot of others amber ales out there,I would have again given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 00:35:54 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good God, what possessed them to put this out, the need to satisfy the mindless masses who wouldn't want anything beyond a Coors Light or...what?
Appearance: clear, perfectly ambery color, bordering on bronze, with a decent 1/4 " cream-toned head.
Some presence on the palate at first,but very quickly vanishing. Almost no hops, as they didn't show in the nose, either. Malt is smooth and somewhat tasty, easy-going, eager to please. A bit flat in the end and, while a perfectly perfunctory, adequate ale, that ain't what I likes, and I'll never revisit this again, nossir!
Another BA referred to this as "insipid": Accoding to Webster's: 1. without distinctive or interesting qualities, 2.... without sufficient taste or flavor. I'd say this fits both definitions. There's nothing going on here, folks...look away..go on home, show's over...Boring, boring, boring..it'll be a trial to finish this 6-pack, and then, hopefully, happier days will come, when I'll have better brews filling the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 07:22:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber to caramel with a 2 finger deep white head> Slight head retention and minimal lacing

Smell: Malt & caramel give way to alcohol as the beer warms

Taste: Caramel sweetness and slight bitterness on the tounge with some nuttiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Slightly chewy, malt character comes through, a little undercarbonated

Fairly drinkable just nothing special

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 03:25:23 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and roasted barley scent. It is also dry and mildly hoppy. The taste is good. It has a decent malt base that is composed of pale and light crystal malts. It's smooth and hoppy on the finish. The floral hops stand out; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not the best I've had, but it's solid.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2005 13:14:49 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a copper hue with a one-finger head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and hops. There was also a spice-like aroma.

T - It tasted very malty with a slight hoppiness. It also was sweet at the back of the tongue.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good amber. Nothing too special but it is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 00:52:31 | More by zeff80
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear heavily ruby toned gold with a thick head. Slight hop nose with not much else going on really. Flavor is too thin like the Pass Time Pale Ale I tried last. Almost watered down and overall weak. You get those characteristics you expect from the style, but there is no grace or beauty about it. Just lacking overall. Mouthfeel is good, but with so little to offer, the drinkability stays low.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 07:08:08 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 2" head. Some light lace spots develops onthe glass.

Smell: some sweet caramel candy tones is all that's detectable.

Taste: caramel, fruity, brown sugar sweetness, and some mild bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Very short aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff - a nice session beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 15:19:53 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber and clear; excellent head. Little sticky lace.

Smells of wet autumn leaves. No hop spice; neutral malt smell. Disappointing.

The taste is an improvement, but not by much. The aroma still predominates the flavor here, although there is a hop presence. The malt tastes "dirty"; not like dirt, but unclean. Still the body is solid and the carbonation fits.

I'd avoid this one. I'll finish it but will not buy another.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 23:22:43 | More by smcolw
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Billolick

New York

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, found in a deli in midtown NYC, go figure. Pours a light orangy amber, clear, average head, small bubble film and leaving respectable lace. Bready/hoppy nose. Balanced amber ale, decent malt base and resiny hops at the back end. Starter micro, godd session brew. Middle of the road decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 01:03:52 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan head. Fairly strong orange tint to this beer, but not really IPA Orange.

Smell is sweet and malt with a distinct sweet tea aroma. Toasted bred and faint herbal hops complete the scent profile.

The taste starts out sweet and bready with a mild bitter aftertaste. Just a mild middle of the road ale, quite a bit like Budweiser American Ale in flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK middle of the road type of ale good for an intro to ale. Experienced beer lovers may find this one a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 22:47:59 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice small head which leaves pretty quick. Nice lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet malts. Nice taste for an amber ale, sweet with a dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice beer. Would recommend, but there are nicer amber's out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 00:36:29 | More by Wasatch
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper appearance. Decent sized bubbly beige head. Retention is adequate. Pretty good caramel tones on the nose. Some slight brown sugar maybe. Caramel maltiness is upfront on the palate. Some slight bitter hop notes. And maybe some light grass notes. Body is about medium. Carbonation adequate. Pretty average tasting amber.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 04:27:25 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer disengages the bottle a limpid deep amber color with the head modest in size, the texture frothy, the color a winsome light tan as it slowly disintegrates the lace left behind forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, hints of caramel, start is sweet, nice malt presence, top is middling in feel, Finish is a bit sour, or tart if you prefer, the hops spicy and pleasant to the palate a decent drinking beer, and another nice all round beer from a nice all round brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 23:54:22 | More by Gusler
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulder's Sundance Amber which is different from their other amber with just the mountain on the label. This one has a sun setting behind a mountain range and a large bucket full of beer bottles in the foreground.
The color is a chill hazed amber with a finger high tannish tight and frothy head that dissolves to a thin ring and oily spots and strings of lace. Smell is barely noticeable of soft breadish malts, partially sweet and roasty and a mineral like quality, kinda off.
Taste is mild sweet and soft malts a touch toasty with a very light hop bitterness and a note of nuttyness of peanuts. Quite smooth and simple with just enough flavor to make it worth while to drink. Feel is a bit thin at first but picks up with a nice light nutty-featured texture and finishes crisp, dry, and easy. Good session beer, but beyond that its passable.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 01:58:43 | More by tavernjef
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes of Oct 25, 2009:

It poured a clear dazzling reddish gold with over a finger's worth of foam. No lacing to speak of.

The smell was very bready and had some toastiness to it that made for a rather sweetish nose overall.

The taste brought the bread, light roasted malt, and a lot of sweet tones that was only offset by a very mild showing of some hops. I didn't enjoy the flavours much as there wasn't enough complexity, even for a simple Red Ale.

The body was between light and medium and the carbonation was medium.

Drinkability? I bought this as part of Boulder's Sampler pack and I'm glad I only have 3 more bottles to drink rather than 5. ;^) This just isn't my kind of Red....

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 17:44:43 | More by Bitterbill
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These Boulder beers would be great "cross over" beers for those macro friends you're trying to convert...they are so easy drinking and pretty tasty...no works of art, but just very quaffable entitites..

This pours a clean looking impressive amber...nose is malty and spicy too..the malts and hops intermingle very nicely on the nose....body is slightly thin, but not horrible in this regard....other than that this really works well...a nice caramel backbone, nutty...and some of that cookie dough characterist I found in the pale ale too...but what this delivers is a tight spicy finish....I think this is a well done amber ale....I would drink many more of these...just a bit of a watery mouthfeel brings the grade down some....overall though I would recommend this to beginner micro brew folks as well as the venerable quaffers as well...

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 05:14:18 | More by ZAP
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Full 20 ounce Pint sampled at the Mile High Bar/Grille located in Concourse ‘B’ at Denver International Airport whilst waiting for a flight back to Bismarck, North Dakota. I spied a local offering amongst the 10 taps and decided to try the “Boulder Sundance Amber Ale”.

Appearance: Stunning body, lovely looking copper- russet sunset infused orange-red body is topped with a nice off-white cap head. Head retention was half decent as well. Perfectly clear body displays a few streamers. Nice conditioning in the body supports the head. Light lacing. Good looker from the Tap.

Nose: Limited nose, sweet malts with a light toffee caramel aroma. Delicate nose overall.

Taste: Chinook, Willamette and Cascade hops are all use, yet the malts seem to dominate throughout. Starts with a sweet amber entrance, mild caramel on the palate in the middle, only in the finish do the hops offer and lend a soft bitter finish. Soft tones with no sharp corners. Dry finish which can often leave a gentle tingling smoked-burnt malt feel on the top of the tongue. An interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft conditioning and a sweet malt aspect. Does a rather good job given that this is only 4.85% though.

Drinkability: I had an hour between flights and thankfully my gates were either side of the Mile High bar so this was on my way so to speak. Even so, I easily managed two of these with very little effort.

Overall: If you find yourself in Denver International Airport and are flying United Airlines, the Mile High Bar/Grille is not a bad stop for amongst the approx. 10 taps full of macro offerings it has at least 2 Sam Adams Taps and 1 Local one; the latter always has a Boulder brew on……and when it’s the Amber it is worth trying. Nothing spectacular here, but a tasty travel brew nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2005 07:40:04 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average gateway style micro brew. Pours a reddish copper with a small off white head. Thin malt presence in the nose, but some astringent, tart hops are definitely there. Taste is also thin on the malt, and the hops are just too one-dimensionally tart. Finish is acidic and bitter. Not too bad, but there are much better ambers out here in the West.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 18:29:11 | More by alexgash
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and I was getting some nuttiness. Lightly sweet with a light bitter balance.

Notes from 04/16/05.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 16:49:42 | More by hopdog
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Brent

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice, slightly hazy amber color (as it should). Aroma was fairly assertive hops, but the actual hopping was less pronounced in the flavor profile. Solid malt presence, with some biscuit flavors. A little watery at the finish, but not too bad. An okay beer, one of the better so far from this brewery, relatively speaking.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 04:04:42 | More by Brent
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Amber color, looks good with medium head that did disappear after a while.
Smells of malt and a bit of lemon it seems.

Tastes like a full bodied bud, but still light. The color misleads as the malt is slight and the hops almost non-existant. Still it has a beer taste, not too fruity, not too bitter. Nothing spectacular, could drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 21:32:37 | More by Mebuzzard
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label reads "Necktar of the Vampires" and I am suspicious that this is simply relabeled sundance amber but whatever. This pours out a nice amber color with a perfect off-white head. Smell is malty as is the taste. Not much going on here but very drinkable and has a nice aftertaste of malt. I like the fact that they are supporting local arts.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 20:59:42 | More by ArrogantB
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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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